Angelo Ogbonna was the only one from our hidden gems picks for gameweek 18 to emerge with some credibility thanks to a third straight cleansheet kept by West Ham. Roberto Pereyra failed to make any contribution despite getting introduced in the first-half only against Huddersfield Town while a Wayne Rooney miss from the spot denied Aaron Lennon an assist.
With the festive season truly up and running, we too need to keep pace with the fast-moving Premier League fixture list as we present to you our three hidden gems for gameweek 19.
1. DUSAN TADIC
Fixture: Huddersfield Town (H)
It’s no surprise to see Southampton’s struggles coincide with that of their creator-in-chief. With only a couple of goals and assists to take home from his 16 appearances this term, it’s a far cry from the highs Tadic set a couple of seasons ago. Nonetheless, there is enough time on his side to make amends to his poor start and the revival could well begin this weekend, starting with Huddersfield Town who have conceded an alarming 17 times in their last six games on the road. The Serbian has racked up a goal and two assists in the last 3 matches that have taken place at Saint Mary’s and a strong home form could mean similar returns come Saturday.
With the halfway point of the season upon us, some intriguing differentials have emerged for gameweek 19 #FollowYourFPL
2. ANDROS TOWNSEND
Fixture: Swansea City (A)
Another player who has flattered to deceive is Andros Townsend. Despite having featured for Crystal Palace in every game so far this season, the former Spurs man has only made three goalscoring contributions – all of them being assists. However, each of those assists has helped him bag at least a bonus point which underlines what lies in the store once he gets going. Palace’s second-highest point-scorer in FPL will be hoping to carry forward the momentum he gained from his last week’s display into the game away at Swansea City. Swansea’s struggles are well-known as they remain rock-bottom and having parted ways with their manager barely a day ago following a string of bad performances, Townsend and co have a great chance to further rub salts on the wounds of the Welsh club and simultaneously, rake in some precious points for his nearly 52,000 FPL owners.
3. MICHAIL ANTONIO
Fixture: Newcastle United (H)
Change of manager may have finally begun to weave its magic for West Ham but their player of the year for 2016/17 season is yet to get going though. Antonio has been involved in only a couple of West Ham’s goals this term – his most recent contribution coming way back in gameweek 8 against Burnley where he scored his only goal of the campaign to date. It has been a barren run since then but with David Moyes using the versatile midfielder primarily as a striker of late, his goalscoring threat has got even more genuine.
A lowly Newcastle United will be the visitors to the London Stadium and the Magpies haven’t kept a cleansheet for nine games in a row now following their defeat to Arsenal. This would sound music to the ears of the 0.3% FPL managers with the Englishman in their squads, who is due for a massive points haul. With a very favourable run of fixtures on the horizon for the Hammers, including a double gameweek 22, Antonio could certainly be worth holding onto beyond gameweek 19.